Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism. The Art and Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent. Histories and Legends of the Naths. In these interpretations, Dattatreya is that yogi Guru teacher who has perfected all these, rules them rather than is ruled by them, and is thus the Guru Dattatreya is beyond them. Home Devotional Songs Hindu Temples. There is a temple of Lord Dattatreya in Devgad deogad  of Ahmednagar district.
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The Immortal Guru, Yogin, and Avatara. Numerous Datta temples exists in Maharashtra; Mahur, Nanded district. Shri Dattatreya Dnyankosh Prakashan. Other Upanishads where Dattatreya’s name appears in lists of ancient Hindu monks revered for their insights on renunciation are Jabala UpanishadNaradaparivrajaka UpanishadBhikshuka Upanishad and Yajnavalkya Upanishad.
Dattatreya – Wikipedia
In his various hands, he carries a Trishula of Shiva, a Chakra of Vishnu, a Kamandalu of Brahma, and a rosary common to all three. The puranic stories of Dattatreya are diverse and vary by region. Another distinctive aspect of Dattatreya iconography is that it includes four dogs and a cow. Still, he attained the self-awareness llord observing nature which he considered as his 24 teachers or gurus. Views Read Edit View history. In western parts of Maharashtra, the syncretic six armed and three faced iconography datttaguru more common.
In western Maharashtra and Andhra Pradeshfor example, he is typically shown with three heads and six hands, one head each for Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and one pair of hands holding the symbolic items associated with each member of the Trimurti: Dattatreya painting by Raja Ravi Varma.
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. His three heads are symbols of the Gunas qualities in Samkhya school of Hinduism. The right earlobe jewelry and hair decoration in this art work of Dattatreya is of Shiva, but on his left the details are those of Vishnu. A sculpture similar to Badami, but with some differences, has been discovered in Ajmer Rajasthan. This is evidenced by the Marathi text Navanathabhaktisarastates Mallinson, wherein there is syncretic fusion of the Nath Sampradaya with the Mahanubhava sect by identifying nine Naths with nine Narayanas.
He is described in the Mahabharata as an exceptional Rishi sage with extraordinary insights and knowledge, who is adored and raised to a Guru and an Avatar of Vishnu in the Puranas. The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Recently on Hindu Gallery. The four dogs represent the Vedas,  as trustworthy all weather friends, company and guardians, while the cow is a metaphor for mother earth who silently and always provides nourishment.
Studies in a Devotional Tradition of India.
Lord Dattatreya is considered one of the lords of Yoga in Hinduism. Sri Dattatreya 1st ed. Several Hindu monastic and dattagur traditions are linked to Dattatreya: A – R, Part II: There is a temple of Lord Dattatreya in Devgad deogad  of Ahmednagar district. Passes through everything and everyone, unchanged, unattached, like Truth; sometimes becomes a gale, disturbs and changes the world, like Dattagiru.
Hariprasad Shivprasad Joshi Hindu deities and texts. Asuras Rakshasas Yakshas Vahanas. Icon with three heads; Right: All six hands hold the weapons of all three mentioned gods. The extant manuscripts have been dated to approximately the 9th or 10th century,  but it may have existed earlier as part of an oral tradition. His iconography varies regionally.